Badge Of Style
By Ramesh Narang
A passion pioneered by the Parisian jewellery menagerie like Cartier, Van Cleef
and Arpels and patronized by India’s royals during the days of the Raj, the brooch
resurrects the jewel-laden elegance of the bygone era for the grooms of today. Bedecked
with the burst of baubles or the lustre of emeralds, these pins have levitated from
being a mere ‘fibula’ used for pinning the Togas together during the ancient Roman
Empire to a statement piece for men that has now become a staple in the jewel-chests
of today’s stylish breed. Used for pinning up scarves, bandhgala or brocade shervani,
brooches weave a quiet story of unbridled stately elegance for men.
The love for brooches has spawned a cult following that has cut across generations.
The erstwhile Maharaja of Kapurthala, Bhupinder Singh, commissioned various loose
stones to iconic Parisian jewellers to craft a peacock-shaped brooch that he switched
between his resplendent turban and his outlandish shervanis. The Nizams of Hyderabad,
meanwhile, were rumoured to possess a coveted collection of men’s brooches.
From silk tuxedos for the sangeet or cocktail to embroidered achkans for the wedding
reception, brooches bring that much-needed quality of ‘understated luxury’ to the
Ramesh Narang is at the helm of the prestigious jewellery house- Hazoorilal,
in India, that is responsible for crafting impeccable designs and fabled
jewels for all occasions.
Ramesh can further be reached at
or through www.hazoorilal.com